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The Ouananiche and Its Canadian Environment

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Pages: 260

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Edward Thomas Davies Chambers

Excerpt from book: THE OUANANICHE AND ITS CANADIAN ENVIRONMENT " Ouananiche " is not to be found in any of the dictionaries. But it has a place in the vocabulary of thousands of anglers. It is a household word with all who have made the acquaintance of Canada's distinctively fresh-water salmon. It is the now generally accepted designation of the gamest fish for its size that swims. Ages before the arrival of the first white man in America, the Montagnais Indians, who roved and hunted the trackless wilderness between Hudson Bay and the St. Lawrence, gave this name to the particular salmon that they found all the year round in the waters of the streams and lakes that served as highways for the passage of their birch-bark canoes. "The Canadian environment" of the ouananiche is fully as fascinating to the sportsman, the tourist, the lover of Nature, and the student of ethnography as is the fish itself to those who angle for it. A great deal of ignorance concerning this country has disappeared in recent years with the steadily increasing rush into it of angler tourists, though it is not yet six years ago that a letter was received from a New England sportsman, who had noticed my name at the foot of an article on ouananiche fishing, and who chapter{Section 4anxiously inquired, prior to making up his party for a trip to Lake St. John, whether the Indians and half- breeds up that way were peaceable, and if it was safe for ladies to accompany the party ! Lake St. John, the present centre of ouananiche fishing in Canada—190 miles by railway to the north of Quebec, and nearly a hundred miles in circumference—was discovered 250 years ago by Father de Quen, the Jesuit missionary to the Indians. The hardships which he endured in ascending the rapids and crossing the portages that lay between the navig...  

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